Latest situation - 31 January 2020
Following 11 months of intensive trapping, spring baiting, and inspections of hundreds of kilos of fruit without signs of further fruit flies, Biosecurity New Zealand is pleased to announce that there is no evidence of a breeding population of the Queensland fruit fly in the Northcote/Birkenhead areas. As a result, the Controlled Area Notice over the Northcote and Birkenhead areas of Auckland was lifted at 12 pm 31 January 2020. All restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste have also been lifted.
Fruit flies are a direct and serious threat to New Zealand’s horticulture industry. For this reason, we have developed downloadable Fruit Fly Emergency Response Templates and Documents to assist United Fresh members in the event of fruit fly finds and incursions (see below).
Queensland Fruit Fly
80% of New Zealand’s horticulture crops are susceptible to attack from these fruit flies making fruit and vegetables inedible and posing export restrictions.
Biosecurity New Zealand has been investigating finds of single male Queensland fruit flies in 2019 in the Auckland suburbs of Northcote and Devonport.
An area of Northcote remains under a Controlled Area Notice restricting the movement of locally produced whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy green or root vegetables) out of controlled areas to help prevent the spread if there are more out there.
Bactrocera Facialis Fruit Fly
Facialis fruit flies can harm home gardens and horticulture crops, in particular, capsicum and chillies. This fly is difficult to catch at the border because it can arrive as eggs or tiny larvae concealed inside fruit.
Three single male facialis fruit flies were found in separate surveillance traps in Otara between 18 February and 5 March 2019.
No further flies have been found in Otara and the Controlled Area Notice has been lifted.